First-Year Composition

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About the program

2022 award-winning FYC instructor Desirée Thorpe
2022 award-winning FYC instructor Desirée Thorpe

The First-Year Composition (FYC) Program at Texas Woman’s University is a unit within the Department of Language, Culture, and Gender Studies (LCGS). The program offers a sequence of two courses required by the Texas Common Core: ENG 1013 (Composition I) and ENG 1023 (Composition II), along with ENG 1003 (Integrated Reading and Writing Corequisite Course). These classes function as a continuum of writing development for TWU students, with a high value placed on sequential coherence and collaboration among students and instructors.

In addition to its core courses, TWU FYC sponsors professional development for instructors; maintains a comprehensive OER textbook; presents on and publishes program research; offers annual teaching awards; facilitates an annual writing contest, and collaborates with LCGS faculty to utilize, study and staff the Digital Composition Lab.

Contact us

If you have questions or comments, please email Jackie Hoermann-Elliott, Ph.D., at

FYC by the numbers

2,593 FYC students served in the 2022-2023 academic year

115 sections of FYC courses offered in academic year 2022-23

32 FYC instructors working with TWU first-year students Fall 2022

All numbers provided by FYC program data and TWU Factbook.

Page last updated 3:33 PM, July 24, 2023